Topics: Business

Savvy Shoppers Storm Sidewalk Sale In Orleans

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Impulse buying took over Main Street Friday and Saturday during the famed Sidewalk Sale. From Snow's to Friend's, prices were trimmed, reduced, and even slashed on everything from pocket flasks ($14.99 down to $10.99 at Snow's) to canna lilies ($14.99 to $9.99 at Snow's). Both sides of Main Street were packed with bargains and bargain-hunters. Nadine Broude of Brewster brought friends from Canada ...

SOUTH HARWICH — Tom and Trish Kennedy are back in town. The IT entrepreneurs who shaped BackOffice into an internationally successful data solutions company, then sold it to a Goldman Sachs-backed investment group, are developing an innovative technology center and AppFactory at the offices of their former business that will bring dozens of new jobs to town. Last Wednesday they celebrated the opening of their ...

Training Helps J-1 Foreign Workers Cycle Safely

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — On Monday afternoon, a small crowd of young men and women gathered outside the Wequassett Inn, where they work under the J-1 student visa program, to talk about bicycle safety. They learned about the rules of the road, bike maintenance and nighttime riding, but organizers hope they also learned something else. “We just want you guys to be safe,” Harwich Police Lt. Kevin Considine said. The tr...

Salt Box Truck Relocates To Center Of Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Salt Block Food Truck moved into Harwich Center this week from its former station in the parking lot across from Saquatucket Harbor. The planning board approved the change of location for the special use permit previously granted to Jennifer and Douglas Ramler of Cape Sea Grille, owners of the food truck. The Ramlers were before the planning board last Tuesday seeking the transfer of location to ...

Erik Hibbard, 25, of South Yarmouth, wants every aspect of his clothing company, from manufacture to sales, to help people and the environment. Steward Outdoor, an “environmentally-conscious outdoor apparel company,” which carries a line of men’s T-shirts and women’s racerback tank tops, will mark its one-year anniversary on July 1. Last month Steward shirts went on sale at the Clothing Bar in Chatham. Two per...

CHATHAM – This is not the easiest town from which to spot whales. Provincetown is the place to see the frolicking just offshore, although at times huge mammals can be glimpse from the Lighthouse Overlook breaching not far off the beach. But for the next few months, Chatham will be a great place to spot whales. At least in local shops and businesses. “Where are the Whales?” is this year's summer scavenger hu...

West Chatham Roadway Project Gets Green Light

By: Alan Pollock

BARNSTABLE — Over the concerns raised by vocal critics, a key regional panel Monday approved a transportation plan that includes the West Chatham Route 28 Roadway Project. The vote by the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) essentially ensures funding for the roadway reconstruction, which includes the installation of roundabouts at Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road and elimination of the cen...

CHATHAM – Fred and Lindsay Bierwirth were driving by the former Campari's Restaurant on Orleans Road when they both had one of those “aha” moments. The couple was at a crossroads in their life; Fred was working for an investment research firm and was ready for something different. Lindsay, a stay-at-home mom who also does research for author Michael Thompson, wanted to move back to her hometown to raise their ...

Liberty Commons Curbs Water Use

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH CHATHAM — Faced with the potential of someday paying a premium as one of the town's largest consumers of drinking water, Broad Reach Healthcare is turning down the tap. The parent company of Liberty Commons and the Victorian announced last week that it voluntarily put in place water conservation measures that, at least at first blush, seem to be having a beneficial effect. Based on an analysis of ac...

CHATHAM – A mural covering an entire wall inside the new Chatham Filling Station captures the atmosphere that owners Ric and Caren Morse hope to foster in their new diner. The colorful painting by Helen Kelsey, from the point of view of a customer sitting at the counter as a waitress pours a steaming cup of coffee, shows a busy eatery with quirky waitstaff, happy customers and a lot of Chatham-related imagery, fr...

ORLEANS — Proponents of a new CVS at Skaket Corners swallowed a dose of strong medicine administered by the architectural review committee May 11. With the project under formal review, the board criticized its design, location on the site, height, overall mass, and lack of variety of materials. Stressing the prominence of the site as a gateway to Orleans, members said the building failed to reflect the chara...

CHATHAM — State officials came to town last week to hear from small business owners about what the commonwealth can do to encourage job creation and business growth. What they heard was pretty clear: when it comes to government intervention, less is more. The May 5 session at the community center was led by Carolyn Kirk, deputy secretary of housing and economic development, with help from the Cape Cod Chambe...

ORLEANS — Mike and Viviane Dufresne's dream of opening a restaurant in Orleans had turned into something of a nightmare. That's the word Mike used to describe the permitting process that gave them “nothing but trouble since February” when he spoke up at the Orleans Citizens forum candidate night April 26. Fighting to keep his emotions in check, Dufresne decried a time- and money-consuming system in which confli...

Committee: Stimulate Economy With Child Care

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The town's economic engine is running smoothly, but a few initiatives – like a new focus on providing affordable child care – could provide some high-octane help for local employees and the companies they work for. That was the word from economic development committee Chairman Luther Bates, who told selectmen last week that his group also favors the creation of new events and festivals to boost the v...

Bike Business Booming In Chatham This Season

By: Annemarie Della Morte

CHATHAM — Growing up on Cape Cod means different things to different people. For some people, these memories are learning to fish, digging for scallops, helping a parent run their store or sail their boat. For others, growing up on Cape Cod meant endless summers of riding bikes. Cape Cod is famous for beautiful beaches, but much of this peninsula’s beauty can be seen upon the equally exquisite bike paths. “...

Peake, Middle Schoolers Talk About Renewable Energy

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In Washington, today's leaders are rolling back regulations to fight climate change, providing a big boost to the coal and oil industries. But in Chatham, tomorrow's leaders are talking about renewable energy. “How many of you believe climate change is real?” State Rep. Sarah Peake asked the seventh graders at Monomoy Middle School Friday. Most hands shot up, and Peake, a Provincetown Democrat, nod...